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End Of The Road For Fraudster, Bags 7 Year Jail Term
A Federal High Court in Gombe has convicted and sentenced one Habila A. Mamman aka Luka Audu, who allegedly specializes in using different identities to defraud his victims, to seven years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Mamman, 53, based on three separate petitions received from complainants accusing the convict of obtaining various sums of money from them under false pretence contrary to section 8 sub section (a) and punishable under section 1 sub section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act 2006.
Upon his arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty to all the counts.
Counsel to the accused person, A.H. Othman, did not object his client’s plea but pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
In delivering his judgement, Justice Babatunde O. Qaudri said based on the plea of the accused person on all the counts, he had no option than to convict and sentence him accordingly under the Advance Fee Fraud Act to serve as deterrence to others.
He consequently sentenced the accused to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.